LONDON, July 24 Kingfisher, Europe's
biggest home improvements retailer, said it was on track to
deliver a first half in line with internal expectations after
better weather helped it return to underlying sales growth in
The firm, which runs the B&Q and Screwfix chains in its home
market, said on Wednesday sales at UK and Ireland stores open
more than a year rose 2.5 percent in the 10 weeks to July 13,
the bulk of its fiscal second quarter.
That compares with analysts' consensus forecast of a rise of
2.2 percent, according to a company poll, and a first-quarter
fall of 4.7 percent that was blamed on unseasonably cold
"We have been able to capitalise on the better weather
conditions in Q2, particularly in the UK, which has helped us to
deliver growth," Chief Executive Ian Cheshire said.
Total group sales increased 5.2 percent and were up 2.5
percent on a like-for-like basis.
B&Q saw sales of outdoor and seasonal products increase
nearly 20 percent year on year, partly reflecting a July heat
wave in Britain.
Like-for-like sales at Kingfisher's French business,
comprising Castorama and Brico Depot, rose 1.1 percent, ahead of
an analysts' consensus forecast of a fall of 0.8 percent.